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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Stationary vs. Stationery


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Stationary vs. Stationery. Do you know when to use each one?


Stationary vs. Stationery are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.


So, let's dive right in, shall we?

Stationary with an "ary" refers to something that isn't supposed to move. It's fixed in place, unchanging, and immobile.


* He rode the stationary bike.

* He ran into the stationary vehicle.

* Just aim and shoot at the stationary object.

Stationery with an "ery" refers to writing materials such as paper and envelopes.


* She bought some pretty stationery.

* The motel offers free stationery.

* The stationery order has arrived.


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